Normative Data and Psychometric Properties of the Child Behavior Checklist and Teacher Rating Form in an Iranian Community Sample|
Tehrani-Doost, Mehdi; Shahrivar, Zahra; Pakbaz, Bahareh; Rezaie, Azita & Ahmadi, Fatemeh
Objective: The objective of this study was to determine the normative data and psychometric
properties of the parent and teacher rating form of the child behavior checklist (CBCL) in an
Iranian community sample.
Methods: A sample of 6-12 year old students was randomly selected from ten elementary schools
in Tehran, Iran. The parent's and teacher's versions of CBCL were accomplished. Clinical interview
and the kiddie schedule for affective disorders and schizophrenia - present and lifetime version,
Persian version (K-SADS-PL-PV) were used to evaluate the validity and the cut-off point of CBCL
and the teacher rating form (TRF).
Findings: Among 600 recruited students with mean age of 9.11 years (SD=1.45), 54.16% were
girls (n=325). Girls had significantly lower scores in Attention Problems, Delinquent Behavior,
Aggressive Behavior, Externalizing and Total Problems than boys (P<0.01). The relation was
significant between the CBCL Internalizing and students' ages (þ=0.124, P=0.002). The Internal
consistency, the correlation among the CBCL and TRF scales, and the inter-rater correlations for
CBCL/TRF scales were good to high for most indices and subscales. Based on the receiver
operating characteristics (ROC) analysis the best convergences were between the CBCL Attention
Problems subscale and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) diagnosis, the CBCL Total
Problems and any disorders, the CBCL Externalizing and ADHD+ODD diagnosis. The sensitivities
and specificities of the CBCL subscales were higher than the TRF except for Externalizing/ADHD+
oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) which was reverse.
Conclusion: These results support the multicultural CBCL/TRF findings. CBCL is a useful
instrument to consider ADHD and any disorders in community samples.
Child Behavior; Psychometric; Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder; Checklist